Trail cameras can be a hunter’s best friend if setup and placed correctly, or they can be extremely frustrating if not setup correctly. There are many variables that can affect the quality of your image captures, or even if you get the shot at all. Many hunter’s get frustrated with only capturing a partial body shot, such as just the head (missing the deer rack completely) or just getting the legs, front or back of their photo subject.
Here are a few tips that will help you get the most out of your trail camera trail camera reviews:
Use caution when placing the trail camera in areas where there is tall foliage that may interfere with the camera. Believe it or not, the morning sun can actually warm up the leaves on the trees and cause movement.
Always place the trail camera facing north or south if at all possible. Any placement toward the east or west may result in washed out pictures due to the sun. This typically occurs in the early morning hours if the camera is facing east, or the late afternoon hours if the camera is facing west.
Clean out the area in front of the trail camera at least 20 to 30 feet out in front of the camera and to the sides. This will keep the camera from being activated from winds moving foliage around the camera.
Test the sensing capabilities of your trail camera. To far or too close to the target area will result in missed pictures (this is true for any brand of trail camera). Hot and cold temperatures can cause variances in motion detection sensitivity. Always test your camera based on current and predicted weather conditions.
It’s a good practice to place the camera at a higher elevation in rub areas if you’re trying to capture pictures of your next big buck. Flashes directly in the eyes of the buck may cause him to abandon the area completely due to being frightened by the flash. Flashes coming from above (higher than eye level) don’t seem to bother them.
The best way to aim the camera along a trail is to aim it slightly to the left of the trail entry point or slightly to the right of the trail exist. This will result in more full images being captured and greatly reduce the number of partial images you’ll get on your trail camera. This allows the camera’s sensor to get the full image instead of triggering too late or too early.